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Yoruba Bronze Bracelet - PF.5273
Origin: Southwestern Nigeria
Circa: 14 th Century AD to 16 th Century AD
Dimensions: 8.75" (22.2cm) high x 1.5" (3.8cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Bronze

$9,000.00
Location: United States
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The double faces at both ends of this bracelet probably represent the image of the deity Esu. Similar representations can be seen on contemporary Yoruba art, such as divination plates belonging to diviner/healers. The oval shape is perfectly balanced and slightly upturned at the ends. Most likely worn by a high ranking priest or diviner during important ceremonies, the symbolism of the faces reflects the duality of life – the inner and outer selves, the physical world of human beings and the non-physical realms of ancestors who continue to maintain a relationship with the living. This fundamental concept requires equilibrium of opposing forces, just as in art it is necessary to sustain a degree of tension and repose. Such elegant symmetry is achieved in this bracelet, both artistically and conceptually; creating a balance which the Yoruba people try to maintain in their life and their art. - (PF.5273)

 

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